Remembrance News


Irish Defence Force Remembrance News

This section covers those Irish soldiers who were killed and whose names are displayed on the Tipperary Remembrance Arch. For the full Irish Defence Force Roll of Honour click here.


Kildare Soldier lays Wreath for Dad who Died in Lebanon

Troops representing the 51st Infantry Group commemorated their fallen comrades at the memorial for Irish Peacekeepers in Tibnin, South Lebanon yesterday.Laying a wreath as part of the moving ceremony was Sgt Martin Tynan whose father Cpl Martin Tynan Snr from Co Kildare tragically died in Lebanon in December 1992. Read more

Kildare News 14 December 2015

Poignant farewell for peacekeeper killed in East Timor

PRIVATE Peadar O Flatharta, the soldier killed in an accidental shooting while on peacekeeping duty in East Timor last week, was laid to rest with full military honours in his native Connemara yesterday. Read more

Irish Independent 24 April 2002


Monument remembers soldier missing for 50 years

Tpr Mullins was just 18 when his armoured car was ambushed by armed mercenaries in Katanga on September 15, 1961.His remains have never been recovered — he is one of just two Irish UN peacekeepers who are still ‘missing in action’. Read more

Irish Examiner 16 September 2016



Poignant Letter rekindles Memories of Congo Mission

Sgt Hugh Gaynor of ‘A’ company, 33rd Battalion, O.N.U.C. Sgt Gaynor was one of the eleven Irish soldiers who were killed during the Niemba Ambush in the Congo in November 1960. Also on display is a letter by Lt Patrick O’Riordan and the Distinguished Service Medal of both of whom lost their lives in the fighting in December 1961.Read more

Irish Independent 25 March 2009


Funeral for Private Andy Wickham

U.N. Veterans, family members and serving members of the defence forces, will be in Barntown on Sunday for the annual Mass and wreath laying for Private Andy Wickham, killed in action in the Congo on 1961. Read more

Wexford People 5 May 2005

Pte William Kedian

Irish UN Soldier Killed in Lebanon

Private William Kedian, 22 from County Mayo became the Irish army’s 18th Irish soldier killed in action with the UNIFIL peace-keeping force in South Lebanon shell landed on an outpost near the village of Barashit at the weekend.Read more

Irish Echo Archives 11-17 November 1998

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Monument unveiled to soldier who went missing in Lebanon

Pte Caomhán Seoighe from Inis Óirr disappeared in April 1981 while on UN mission. Read more
Irish Times 29 May 2015


Military funeral procession

How nine Irish peacekeepers died fighting off a Baluba ambush

It was perhaps the biggest outpouring of grief Ireland has ever seen. Half a million people thronged the streets of Dublin for the funerals of eight of the Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush in the Congo in 1960. Read more

Irish Independent 21 July 2013

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1916 Centenary News


News concerning the 100th Anniversaries of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme

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The 485 Irish civilians killed in the 1916 Easter Rising shoot outs

As the centenary of the 1916 rebellion is commemorated it seems the 485 civilians murdered during Easter Week as a result of the Rising are forgotten.Read more 24 February 2016

Ned Daly Irish Volunteer soldier

Military study made Ned Daly a shrewd tactician

Ned Daly always wanted to be a soldier so when the Irish Volunteers were founded he seized his chance. Read more

Irish Examiner 15 February 2016

Dublin photo exhibition a snapshot of 1916 Rising

A new exhibition in Dublin highlights the key events and locations of 1916 as caught on camera. Read more

Irish Examiner 3 February 1916

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1916 Centenary: Hurleys for Salonika letter describes Irish life in the British Army

Sgt John V Mullins, Royal Munster Fusiliers, was typical of the men who answered John Redmond’s call for Irishmen to join the ranks. He revealed in a letter to an uncle how men in the British regiments played sport whenever they got a chance.“Our fellows are longing for a good hurling match to show them that we are just as good at sport as we are at fighting,” he wrote.He asked his uncle to send his letter to the Cork Examiner editor with an appeal for hurleys and sliothars.Read more
Irish examiner 25 January 2016
British Soldiers in Dublin, Easter Rising

Ireland prepares to mark Easter Rising centenary amid fears old tensions may resurface

Anniversary could be used to claim that 1916 Irish rebellion is ‘unfinished business’.Read more
The Observer 3 January 2016

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Battle of the Somme centenary: Preparing to commemorate Ulster soldiers

The Ulster Division had suffered around five thousand casualties with more than two thousand of them killed on the first day. By September by September, the 16th Irish Division, made up of soldiers from the southern counties of Ireland, had suffered nearly 4,500 casualties with 1,200 of them killed. Read more 5 January 2016

Irish in World War I Remembrance News

Presdent Michael Higgins, Maj General David O'Morhcoe

Stand side by side to honour all Ireland’s dead of 1916, service told

There is not a village or town in any county in Ireland that did not suffer losses in the first World War, a remembrance service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin was told yesterday.
Read more

Irish Times  8 November, 2015

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Decorated First World War soldier buried almost 100 years after he was killed

Sergeant David Harkness Blakey of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (R Innis Fus) was today laid to rest with full military honours at a ceremony in France. Read more
Defence in the media , Ministry of Defence blog 8 October 2015

Gravestone, Irish Soldier, WW1

What really happened to Ireland’s Great War soldiers after they returned home?

We are in the midst of a fest of commemoration from the Great War to the Rising, but what we remember often defines more how we see ourselves now than what really happened. The ex-servicemen who returned from the Great War were certainly hostages to such fortune. They became the litmus test for the dominant theme defining the new Ireland; its relationship to Great Britain.Read more

Irish Independent 29 August 2015


Wreath layers from Combined Irish Regiments Association

Irish soldiers who died in WWI are officially commemorated

The annual event, held in St Patrick’s Chapel at Westminster Cathedral, was led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell and Colonel David Maitland-Titterton, Chairman of the CIRA.
There wreaths were laid for the fallen of all the Irish regiments of the British army over the years, including those that were disbanded when Ireland gained independence in 1922. Read more
The Irish Post November 11 2014.

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

HRH The Duke of Kent and Irish President Michael D Higgins unveil memorial cross to Ireland’s war dead

The Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin is the first to be erected in the Republic of Ireland. It represents an important addition to the cemetery’s existing memorials, which honour servicemen who died in the First and Second World Wars
Read more

Commonwealth War Graves Commission 31 July 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron Commonwealth War Memoriial

British Prime Minister and Irish Taoiseach Visit Iconic Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorials

Welcomed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Vice Chairman, Sir Joe French, the Prime Ministers visited several First World War cemeteries and memorials around Ieper – the Island of Ireland Peace Tower at Messines, the grave of Major William Redmond at Locre, the Menin Gate Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial and Wytschaete Military Cemetery.
Read more

Commonwealth War Graves Commission 19 December 2013

Diary page WW1

“Still the battle rages”: Dublin mother’s WWI diary goes online

Ever wonder what life was like in Ireland during the time of World War I?
The diary gives a fascinating glimpse into life in Ireland in 1916 for one mother whose son has been declared missing in action. Read more 2 October 2012

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Irish-born soldier to be honoured by US veterans

Until now, the soldier’s grave remained unmarked and he never received a military burial.
Edmond Brunnock died from injuries received in a fierce battle at Boureuilles on the French/German border in Feb 1918. He was reburied in Shanrahan Cemetery in Clogheen,Co Tipperary, in the same plot as his father. Read more
Irish Examiner 17 August 2012

Irish in World War II Remembrance News

Legion d'Honneur Medal

D-Day: NI veterans receive France’s top military honour

The veterans were presented with the Legion D’Honneur (Legion of Honour) award in Lisburn, County Antrim. The recipients are ex-serviceman from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) who played a variety of roles in the Allied operation, which was the biggest seaborne invasion in history. Read more 16 February 2016

Jack Mahoney Dday veteran

Irish D-Day veteran receives French honour

A 97-year-old veteran of the D-Day landings has been awarded the highest honour the French government can bestow on a soldier.
The title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur was awarded to John (Jack) Mahony at a ceremony in Midleton today. Read more 5 December 2015

Sir John Leslie, Irish WW2 Veterans

John Leslie, one of Ireland’s last World War II veterans, given Legion d’Honneur

Ninety-eight year old Sir John Leslie, a cousin of Winston Churchill, toasted the Legion d’Honneur with a glass of Champagne during a ceremony at the French embassy in Dublin.
“I wish to accept this award on behalf of all soldiers from the island of Ireland who fought and died between the two great wars,” he said.
Read more

Irish Independent 9 November 2015

Kevin Myers: Irish lives lost in WWII probably exceed the death toll for all domestic political violence in 20th century

281 southern-born Irish soldiers were good enough to be killed in other regiments of the British army by the end of 1940. Read more

Irish Independent 4 November 2009

Irish in Korean War Remembrance News

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Special day at St. Mary’s Garden of Remembrance

It was the first time in our Irish History that the Minister for Patriots and Veterans Affairs from the Government of the Republic of Korea visited the Republic of Ireland. Read more

Tipperary Star 12 October 2014


Irish veterans of Korean War

Irish soldiers in tragic Korean battle of Happy Valley remembered

>Irish men who fought in the Korean War are commemorated for first time Read more

Irish Times 26 April 2013

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Memorial for Irish war heroes erected in South Korea

A MEMORIAL FOR the 159 Irish people who died during the Korean war was unveiled in Seoul today.
The Irish Association of Korea, with the Embassy of Ireland, the Somme Association and the Royal Ulster Rifles Association, organised a remembrance service to honour those who fought between 1950 and 1953. Read more 25 April 2013

Korean War Plaque Erected in St Mary’s

A plaque was unveiled on Saturday the 2nd of March at St Mary’s Memorial Garden in Thurles to mark the death of 130 Irish men and women who died in the Korean War during the period of 1950-1953. Read more
Tipperary Star 14 March 2013

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Irish Guards Honoured in Bronze Salvaged from Iraq

The 1st Batallion Irish Guards have just returned from a six month tour in Afghanistan where they suffered three fatalities. Read more
The Telegraph 24 June 2011

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